Baby Panda Receives Healthy First Checkup

A little baby panda was born August 23 at The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington. She just underwent her first full checkup this week and is doing well, Huffington Post reports.

The youngster had her first neonatal exam the Sunday morning after her birth. She weighed 137 grams, had a steady heart rate, and was breathing, nursing, and digesting successfully.

She now weighs under two pounds, which is pretty much twice her birth weight, and is now 10.6 inches long. According to the zoo release, she has the “signature black markings of a giant panda,” but her eyes aren’t open yet.

“It’s amazing to see how much she has grown in less than one month,” said Brandie Smith, senior curator of mammals and giant pandas.

For right now, she is very happy eating bamboo and drinking water in an enclosure adjacent to the pandas’ den and being with her mother Xiang Mei, who groomed her after her checkup. She even has a sibling named Tai Shan. Xiang Mei is a good mother to both cubs, always taking care of them and coming across protective of her young as well. The only way the baby cub was able to get her checkup was when Xiang Mei finally put her down to eat and drink.

The three and a half year old will remain nameless until she is 100 days old. What do you think her name should be?

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